Assistant Professor of Art - Graphic Design

  • University of Texas Permian Basin
  • Odessa, TX, USA
  • Feb 21, 2024
Full time Art & Art History Design (all areas)

Job Description


Assistant Professor of Art - Graphic Design

Hiring Department

The University of Texas Permian Basin's Department of Arts welcomes applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Art & Graphic Design to begin August 2024


Salary Range


Depending on qualifications


Essential Functions

This is an appointment within the Department of Arts. The candidate will primarily teach undergraduate graphic design and general education courses as assigned by their supervisor based on the department's need. The individual will report to the Department Chair.
The Department of Arts seeks an individual who can teach and recruit for the department and is willing to work with students, faculty, and staff to enrich the departments mission.

Duties and responsibilities include:

Teach a total of 3 classes (9/9 credits) per semester, both in-person and online. Classes will include graphic design, animation, web design and general education courses.
Participate in active research that is related to the field.
Advise and mentor students in the department.
Provide service to the university, college, and department.
Other duties assigned by the Chair and Dean.
Maintain office hours to meet with students.
A commitment to innovative teaching and meaningful service.
Ability to teach all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Including face-to-face and online courses.
Technical knowledge that includes the operation of all studio equipment for the discipline, expertise with Apple/PC computers, scanners, printers (including 3D scanners and printers), and other digital devices.
Achieve appropriate student-learning outcomes in all courses taught.
Provide support to students in need of academic improvement.
A strong desire to contribute to team endeavors within the program, department, and across disciplines.
Maintain professionalism in the academic environment.
Participate in professional development and recruitment activities.
Attend department, college, and university faculty meetings
Adhere to the policies and procedures established by the University of Texas Board of Regents, the University of Texas Permian Basin, and other state and federal agencies.

Required Qualifications

1. Master's degree (MFA) in a design-related field

Preferred Qualifications

1. Demonstrated ability to teach graphic design, animation, and web design including online and in-person classes.
2. Applicant must have strong skills in Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and be able to teach classes demonstrating this software.
3. Working knowledge of HTML and UX/UI preferred.

Additional Information

From the Department

The Department of Art is part of the vibrant culture around The University of Texas Permian Basin. The programs in our department not only make significant contributions to campus life, but they prepare students for a future in the arts across a variety of mediums. Students enrolled in any of our programs can contribute to the beautiful art installations around campus. The University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Department of Art offers BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art, a BA degree with a graphic design concentration and a BA degree with all-levels certification in Education. In addition, the department hosts minors in Art History, Studio Art, and Graphic Design.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Professor Mario Kiran at

Required Application Materials

All applicants must submit a UTPB electronic application to be considered. Recommendation letters will be requested from finalists.

1. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
2. Current C.V.
3. Teaching philosophy
4. Syllabi of courses taught (at least 2 syllabus)
5. Portfolio with 20 images including Image List (or link to your website) and 10-20 images of student work if applicable in a PDF format.
6. Complete contact information for three (3) professional references
7. Copies of all graduate/undergraduate transcripts

Conditions of Employment


1. The job description is not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor.
2. Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.
3. Once hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of the hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire. UTPB participates in e-Verify.
4. Employees must be able and willing to travel and perform duties away from campus as necessary and must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle, have access to a dependable motor vehicle, and possess a valid state driver's license. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver's record.
5. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
6. UT Permian Basin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.




Generally, the normal work hours for the university are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 - 5:30 pm; Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm with a one-hour lunch. The individual holding this position may need to be available to teach early morning, afternoons, and evenings to meet the needs of the department.

Standard Working Conditions


1. Able to lift various materials up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
2. Able to bend, crouch, and reach continuously.
3. Physically able remain seated, frequently to continuously.
4. Able to remain standing up to 15% of the time.
5. Possesses dexterity abilities required to perform job duties including extensive keyboard work, operating office equipment, performing filing, and other job-related responsibilities that include extensive wrist and hand movement.
6. Standard working conditions may differ depending on department and occupation.


University Benefits


1. UT Permian Basin offers an excellent compensation package including heath, retirement, & fringe benefits for eligible employees.
2. Coverage includes medical, prescriptions, life insurance, AD&D, and matching retirement provided by UTPB.
3. You may also be eligible to add dental, vision, family coverage, & flex-spending accounts, additional retirement, and a few other coverages as options too.
4. Fringe benefits include tuition reimbursement (after one year of service), wellness breaks, employee assistant program (EAP), and meal deals, among other perks and discounts!
5. Our benefits package, along with an ample leave policy, make for a great total compensation package.


About the University


The University of Texas Permian Basin is located in Odessa, Texas. It was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and founded in 1973. The Permian Basin is one of the fastest-growing, culturally vibrant, economically invigorated regions of the country - full of industry, culture, and wide-open spaces. At the academic heart of this area sits The University of Texas Permian Basin - which every year, delivers smart, savvy leaders across the U.S.


As a regional, comprehensive institution, The University of Texas Permian Basin serves a diverse community of students from the region, the state, and beyond. Through excellence in student-centered teaching, learning, research, and public service, the University cultivates engaged citizens and impacts lives while advancing the technology and public interests of West Texas.


Our vision is that the University of Texas Permian Basin will be an innovative, responsive university that thinks large and lives local. We will lead in advancing education, research, economic competitiveness, and cultural enrichment.
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